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Pennsylvania cracks down on volunteer background checks

Pennsylvania will soon be implementing the volunteer background checking law that MYB discussed in January, but despite no further news about how schools should handle volunteer background checks, some of the confusion has been lifted for other types of volunteers in Pa. communities. It has now been specified which background checks are required for volunteers…

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Should firefighters require background checks?

They spend time in and around residential areas and businesses during times of emergencies, and assist people at their most vulnerable. They visit schools for fire safety days and interact with children. Even so, it is not mandatory in every state for volunteer firefighters to undergo background checks, even if their full-time counterparts are fully…

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NYC considers ban-the-box legislation more stringent than most for employers

In mid-December, the New York City Council introduced a proposal for the city’s own ban-the-box laws, just months after it introduced a bill that would prevent city employers from using credit checks against job candidates. (That bill is still being debated.) Over the previous years, employers in the state have not been able to refuse…

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Study: College graduates undergo more background checks than executives

A new study by U.K. background-screening firm HireRight shares some scary statistics. In interviews with 140 human resources representatives, all of whom are employed by companies with more than 5,000 employees, researchers found that it is quite common for executive-level employees to undergo fewer background checks and screening processes than the typical entry-level, college graduate…

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Minnesota to expand caregiver screening to prevent negligent retention

Beginning in October 2014, Minnesota’s Department of Human Services is expected to implement new policies for pre-employment background screening when it comes to caregivers for the elderly, disabled and children. New state legislation has passed requiring all current and future employees in these industries to undergo fingerprint background checks, in an attempt to avoid the…

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Delaware, Baltimore pass ban-the-box legislation

Add the state of Delaware and the city of Baltimore, Md., to the list of cities and states that have passed “ban the box” legislation. Delaware is now the 12th state to officially pass statewide ban-the-box laws. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed an order on May 8 prohibiting public-sector employers from asking about or conducting criminal…

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Avoid negligent hiring when employing a babysitter

When Mind Your Business was founded, it was created as a way for owner Karen Caruso to screen potential candidates to take care of her children. Conducting a background check is recommended when hiring full-time care for your children, such as a nanny. But what if you just need a sitter for a few hours?…

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Employee criminal history no longer a factor in Bed Bath and Beyond hiring

After a human resources manager from Bed Bath and Beyond represented the company at a job fair and distributed materials that stated that the company does not employ those with felony convictions, the New York state attorney general’s office launched an investigation to ensure that the retailer complies with anti-discrimination laws regarding employee criminal history.…

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Defense Dept. to randomly screen employees with security clearances

has announced that they will begin the implementation of random background checks for department personnel who hold security clearances. The department previously has only run background checks prior to hiring, and when security clearances must be renewed; this can mean that a significant length of time — up to 10 years — can pass between…

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